Wondering Whether Anyone Who Suffers With Anxiety Feels Better From Taking Antidepressants?Hi. Wondering whether anyone who suffers with anxiety feels better from taking antidepressants?Niki – Yes but only to a certain degree. the only thing that helps me when I get an anxiety attack is a zanax. but the anti depressants lessen them.Christian – If by better you mean completely numb, then yes. Not my cup of tea though. I much prefer mental exercises like relaxation, meditation ETC.Kristina – Wish I could but anti-depressant give me opposite effect, I become very rageful so bad I am even scared of myself and what I might do to someone 🙁Karina – Yes antidepressants only work if you take them every day. . Xanax only works temporary the moment you have anxiety but don’t last long..Jill – Yes I do feel better, mind you I have to take serquil, wellbutrin & Effexor. I take 1mg clonazepam every night because panic attacks were starting when I slept & by the time I awaken, I am in a full-blown panic attack. Believe it or not I also have a cat that wakes me when she senses I am going to have one…she is amazingJennifer – Buprorion xl is a Med I take for anxiety & depression. It’s kind of 2 for 1. It’s a bit expensive if u don’t have insurance but it makes a huge difference. It also gives you a boost of energy & decreases anxious eating/snacking. It’s a great Med. Doesn’t make me feel drugged or anything.Tonya – Most times yes it helps. It depends on the situation.Cindy – Numb to the world kinda like a bumper cushion lolJennifer – Wellbutrin & buprorion are the same Med.Lauren – Hi everyone. This question was posted from me. I was taking citalopram (don’t know if you get that outside the UK) and was only taking 10mg a day since July and it seemed to do the trick and keep my anxieties to a bare minimum. However, when I was upset/sad they seemed to block me from showing emotions for some time unless something happened and I obviously reacted to it by crying or whatever. I tried coming off them for ‘new year new me’ and all that crap – it’s been over a week and I’m a wreck without them. Kinda feel like a failureLauren – I’ve had to start on it again because I physically and mentally can’t cope with the anxiety crippling meSarah – Dont feel bad Lauren I took myself off mt fluxotine but got terrible again then had my dose doubled now I have two different meds I don’t like taking tablets but it is much better than having terrible attacks all the time keep taking them let your body get better before anything else xTracie – No i hate the meds they gave me it brings on my anxiety more it seemsVicky – If your antidepressants aren’t working then ask your doctor for Lyrica. I have GAD and am on Mirtazapine and Lyrica, wow I feel so much better!Paul – Suffering from schizo-affective-disorder I find the mood stabilizers in the morning and antidepressants at night stop me from going to the extremes of manic high or deep low but if I miss them for a couple of days I go haywire and it normally takes a few days to recoverCrystal – I have had some antidepressants work and some that didnt…currently on zoloft and it works ok for the anxiety but not my depression…also take clonazepam but it just makes me sleep all the timePenny – Yes when I take my klopin, I calm down.Heather – I have had much success with paxil….but remember what works for one person may not work for another……you can get through this!! Baby steps! I also recommend reading some books on anxiety and doing some workbooks….there are many out there! Education is power and taking the power away from the anxiety really helps!Stephanie – Depends on your triggers. If you have depression, then perhaps an antidepressant can help. I have GAD and antidepressants are useless, in fact make it worse for me!Lauren – Well my doctor recommended the antidepressant cause it is very low dosage and people in the uk often take it to help with anxiety. I wasn’t sleeping, eating, and I couldn’t concentrate on my uni work which is very important to me. All I was doing was having breakdowns everyday just crying on the floor. I tried other medications to take just when I felt a panic attack come on but they were either useless or gave me bad side effects. So it has helped a lot but because I hadn’t had panic attacks in over 6 months, I felt it was ok to come off them. Plus the things I was dealing with 6 months ago that lead to my anxiety had passed… But here I am, back on them again cause I can’t cope 🙁Laura – Zoloft has worked for me for the past seven years. It helps me with my social anxiety and other anxieties.Michelle – Yes, I swear by Lexapro! I’ve been able to cut wayyyyy back on xanax because of it and I’m enjoying life. 🙂Epoh – I take effxor 150 twice a day and geodone 40 mg twice a dayLouise – Cymbalta has helped my anxiety far more than my depression. I take Vistaril for anxiety as needed.Suzanne – I have GAD, and take Cymbalta and found no relief for it…just for my Bipolar depression. I now also take Buspar for anxiety, and it helps a lot, but not entirely depending on the trigger.Dana – Lauren Reed, don’t beat yourself up. 1. Never ever stop an antidepressant cold turkey. You have to taper off them under your prescribers guidance. (Not sure if you did this or not) 2. Just because the stress you were having led you to taking the medication, and now those stressors are gone, doesn’t mean you don’t still need the medication.Naveed – Does anyone know anything about Cipram and its effects on anxiety?Melissa – Effexor has been the most helpful for my anxiety . I used to take Xanax and Ativan but thoughs type of drugs only make you worse in the long run , I used to swear by them and wouldn’t believe they made me worse but I finally realized that taking them on a regular basis was no goodPhyllis – It helps. Doesn’t fix anything though. TJ – Lexepro. Very low dosage. But I have also used exercise and healthy diet and learned to control my anxiety:)Charlotte – Yes, I take Paxil and no more panic attacks.Dana – A good resource is crazymeds.usMike – Hate antidepressents, xanax works foe meMike – Xanax is the only thing that helps my anxiety, been on it for many yearsBrent – They always made me feel worse. When I went to see a psychiatrist, she asked me, “Why does your doctor have you on antidepressants when anxiety is the issue and not depression?” I explained that I was also on Ativan and that he didn’t want to prescribe a narcotic without an antidepressant.Sandra – Some antidepressants work and some don’t. It all depends on your body chemistry. I take clonazepam as well, but it just calms me down. It doesn’t make me tired at all. Antidepressants are the common medication to treat anxiety and panic disorders.Sarah – I did yes, but now I am on Plexus Slim healthcare products and I am anxiety free and medication freeDarren – Yes they work for meKelly – Yes, I do. I take an anti-depressant, an anti-anxiety, and mood stabilizer. It evens me out like a scale. I personally feel that everyone that has Panic/Anxiety Disorder should be on the same meds. If not the anti-depressant… ATLEAST a mood stabilizer to even out your mood. If you have break-throughGen – Definitely yes. My anx reduced with antidepressants. My PTSD needed beta blockers, but a def yes for the anx…it took time to find the right one for me so don’t rush it or give up hope if the first doesn’t work.Patty – Hi, I am on Cymbalta for my depression, nothing else helped. It’s supposed to also help anxiety but it doesn’t help mine. I took Xanax for years after trying other meds. for the anxiety and i seemed to stop working for me. I am now on Klonopin.Mayar – Ys it works… But don’t take it own should be prescribed by doctor…Tine – Nope. i hate having Anxiety & the pill game is just finding one that works with your specific chemistry. talking about drugs will never make you feel better, talking/finding your triggers will.Pete – The cheapest and work well. Prozac & Lorazepam..Chloe – Hi Lauren, everyone reacts differently to medication and I took so long to decide to start taking Prozac (20mg a day) because I got anxious about taking it! I’m so glad I decided to start taking it because it’s definitely made a big difference to me 🙂 I’m here to lend an ear if you ever want to talk 🙂 xKat – It helpsBetty – Yes. You need them.Amanda – Yes. Couldn’t be without.Luanne – Mine do, but it doesn’t cure it.Luanne – Lorazepam is what I take everyday. If I’m having an extreme attack, I take Xanax.Kerry – I felt better for the first few months but then the anxiety comes back and coming off them will also cause A LOT of anxiety. I’ve found healthier diet, exercise and actually facing my issues rather than trying to block them out has worked for me. I haven’t had an attack in nearly a year now.Heidi – Not really. I would like to get rid of my Seroquel but according to my sister, I was a horror without it!Claire – I take Venlafaxine and I find along with my other medication it works really well xxKate – I do but not necessarily my anxiety, I take pills for that separatelyTanya – Cymbalta for this girlSandra – I’m on citalopram 20mg a day, which seems to keep a lid on the anxiety and depression. I find it did make me feel’flat’ when I think I should have been showing emotion but this has improved with time. Hang in there 🙂 xErika – No because all the side effects work terrible measures on my mind making me feel suicidal. also anti-anxiety meds are so addicting it is hard to stop them. I think meditation, yoga, exercise, and therapy help do wonders!Michelle – I don’t take any narcotics. Hydroxyzine seems to help takes the edge offJason – I do, but sometimes an anxiety attack still sneaks in. But the antidepressants help them to not be as bad.Kimi – No not me nothing has worked I’m trying to give it to god nowAlyssa – NoLauren – Thanks for your inputs everyone, really appreciated! XMarie – YesAnne – No they don’t really work for me for anxietyAngela – No I choose not to medicateAngela – Michelle, what is hydro or whatever u said?Melanie – I take Lexapro and Klonopin with Xanax as needed. I think Paxil and Klonopin were awesome together. However, everyone is different and react different. Plus dosage and the good old waiting game of getting the full effect. Your body also builds up a tolerance over time so tweaking meds is pretty common! Hang in there! 🙂Jenny – I take Venlafaxine ER (Effexor) and it helps. But seriously, what has helped the most is exercising regularly. I know it may sound cliche. But get on a stationary bike and take something to read. Trust me! It helps tremendously!Amy – I took Paxil and lorazepam for years which helped so much that I was able to get off meds for a couple of years. Just starting to get symptoms again so have started Lexapro and Xanax ammmmmmmso far haven’t notice much yetMarion – I would like to know what meds there is out there for anxiety that can be taken when needed besides the Antivan that i takeLinda – Yes. Itake Seroquel, Paxil and Klonopin and finally can sleep and actually functionin in life.Verity – They help me to relax the big muscles much easier than without them….and they can help reduce the downward spiral of depression when everyone else is travelling, and I’m still struggling with agoraphobia after 30+ years…Judy – Yes, Paroxetine.Prescribed for Panic /Anxiety disorder & moderate/severe depression to the point of being bedridden & immobile and almost into psychosis 15 years ago (this is considered an older med now obviously & I have been offered to change to newer but it has worked wonders for me with very few mild side affects only when first starting) See your Dr for the best thing for you, everyone is individual 🙂Athena – I suffer from depression and anxiety ( with anxiety attacks, haven’t had one in a while 🙂 ). I am currently taking pristiqu but have to switch cause my drug plan doesn’t cover that one. I have been looking at different ones. I’m thinking about cymbalta. Thinking it might help with both the depression and anxiety . I think I suffer from some form of anxiety everyday but who knows. What does anyone think of cymbalta.Pheonix – Not me..Stephanie – I take Zoloft, klonopin and seroquel which keep me from going completely insane. Everytime my Dr tries to taper me off the Zoloft I go crazy. He said my body likes Zoloft. That is where I am at the moment. I’m not sure if this helped, but there you go.Rebecca – I take atavan when the anxiety flare up, and it does help in those moments but I too need to know if there are other alternatives to use daily.